We live in a strange time…
I’ve said it often and I mention it again. It seems like everyone is looking for something to satisfy, or complete, their life. It is almost like there is a constant search for the next big thing, that new event that will amaze and astound, or even that next product to create a millionaire.
Just like with the dating web sites, there are people who cannot decide on where to find a “soul mate” or how to make a fabulous living. They constantly bounce from one millionaire product to another; one dating web site to another!
There are ways to tell if people are happy, or successful.
Just ask this pastor!
There was a day that two men simply listened to a man, nearly 2,000 years ago. And with his spoken word they followed him. “Come and See!”
“Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).” (John 1:35-39 NKJV)
What’s amazing… they in turn, told others about this Rabbi! Eventually there was a small crowd of followers. Why follow Jesus? Everyone seemed to recognize the power of his word, and his actions!
- “This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” (John 3:2 NKJV)
- And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29 NKJV)
His words and action created a great following. This is what the church attempts to relate to the world today. The words and actions that we do should create a following… Not of us, but by directing everyone to Christ we can accomplish that mission we were called to do.
Take one more look at the first disciple in the scripture above. We know him as John, the Baptist. A rough man from the wilderness who had only one job…
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS: ‘PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD; MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.’ ” Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:1-4 NKJV)
His entire focus was to take the attention of the world and re-direct it to the one that is to come. Don’t focus on him… Focus on the Messiah.
What’s wrong with this picture in today’s world? The way we focus upon ourselves with social media it seems like our only message is about “us”… In fact, there’s a new phone with two built in camera’s on one side whose intended purpose is to take better “selfies” so you can show the world who you are!
We have a great opportunity to take this technology and share outward those things which testifies of Him. Not who we are, but who He is! This is the calling of the church. Get thee behind me, Satan… I have a job to do!